| Even his childish agitation could not master the sly and quaint yet touching look, with which he accompanied the reply.
It brought a vague expression of dissatisfaction into Mr Dombey’s face; but the door being opened, it was quickly gone.
’Doctor Blimber is at home, I believe?’ said Mr Dombey.
The man said yes; and as they passed in, looked at Paul as if he were a little mouse, and the house were a trap. He was a weak-eyed young man, with the first faint streaks or early dawn of a grin on his countenance. It was mere imbecility; but Mrs Pipchin took it into her head that it was impudence, and made a snap at him directly.
’How dare you laugh behind the gentleman’s back?’ said Mrs Pipchin. ’And what do you take me for?’
’I ain’t a laughing at nobody, and I’m sure I don’t take you for nothing, Ma’am,’ returned the young man, in consternation.
’A pack of idle dogs!’ said Mrs Pipchin, ’only fit to be turnspits. Go and tell your master that Mr Dombey’s here, or it’ll be worse for you!’
The weak-eyed young man went, very meekly, to discharge himself of this commission; and soon came back to invite them to the Doctor’s study.
’You’re laughing again, Sir,’ said Mrs Pipchin, when it came to her turn, bringing up the rear, to pass him in the hall.
’I ain’t,’ returned the young man, grievously oppressed. ’I never see such a thing as this!’
’What is the matter, Mrs Pipchin?’ said Mr Dombey, looking round. ’Softly! Pray!’
注释：quaint adj. 古雅的；奇怪的；离奇有趣的；做得很精巧的
[ 比较级quainter 最高级quaintest ]
(1) What a quaint little building!
(2) Our neighbor is a quaint old lady.
(3) Quaint little villages here and there;
(4) They still keep some quaint old customs.
(5) Lijiang was then a tiny, quaint little town.
(6) The quaint village remains quiet and peaceful.
(7) The piano has a quaint old-world tone about it.
snap vt. 突然折断，拉断；猛咬；啪地关上
[ 过去式snapped 过去分词snapped 现在分词snapping ]
(1) Here is some of our holiday snap.
(2) We are having a cold snap.
(3) He broke off the twig with a snap.
(4) The box shut with a snap .
(5) There They were hearing trees snap.
(6) Then off her foot came with a snap!
(7) He is a young man with plenty of snap.
(8) A snap-shot of time.
(9) The time is right to call a snap election.